NAME: Stephanie Taboada
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Ongoing PhD student in Chemical Engineering at Stony Brook University
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Renewable energy, catalysis
CURRENT RESEARCH: I study catalysts for producing biomethane. Biomethane is interchangeable with fossil natural gas because both have the same main chemical component, methane. However, biomethane does not emit carbon dioxide emissions. Creating another way to produce biomethane is beneficial to society because it will allow the biomethane industry to further develop, which will reduce the carbon emissions in the atmosphere.
FUTURE GOALS: To be an academic where I can teach, carry out research, and influence decision-makers in the renewable energy and STEM education fields.
Why did you want to be a part of GWiSE?
I want to provide women with valuable information and a positive environment so they can be motivated to study and remain in STEM.
What/who got you interested in your field?
My father is a civil engineer. He got me interested in engineering. In high school, I loved chemistry and math. Chemical engineering seemed like the right choice for me.
When did you know you were interested in pursuing a degree in science/engineering?
When I saw how well I did in my science and math courses.
What do you think needs to happen for there to be more women in science/engineering?
The industry needs to provide an environment for women where they feel comfortable being themselves.
If you were given two million dollars, how would you spend it to benefit the most people?
I would start a non-profit dedicated to providing STEM internships specifically for underrepresented groups and teaching them how pursuing a career in STEM can change their life.
What career did you want to pursue when you were in elementary school?
I wanted to be a singer.
Favorite way to spend a free day:
Favorite thing to do on Long Island:
Going to Montauk for the beach and wine tasting